The Open Lock Ranch is located in the heart of the Bighorn Basin in northern Wyoming. Comprised of 16,175 acres, the ranch is a combination of 4,750 deeded acres, 9,187 acres of BLM, and 2,238 acres of State grazing leases.
The Open Lock Ranch is one of the few operations running both cattle and sheep. Currently the ranch supports 250 cow/calf pairs and 250 ewes year-round. The semi-arid climate and mild winters (compared to other areas of the Rocky Mountain region), provides ideal conditions for native grasses and high-quality forage. The private lands, BLM and State grazing leases are complimented by approximately 200 irrigated acres producing high quality hay which supplements the grazing. In spring 2020, the owner of Open Lock Ranch installed over 2.5 miles of irrigation pipeline and a new pivot, covering 66 acres. This new infrastructure will dramatically improve irrigation and production.
Ranch improvements include the modest, very comfortable owners’ home, 1862 sqft equipment shop, 1680 sqft pole barn, outbuildings and well-designed working corrals.
The deeded land on the Open Lock Ranch is divided into rangeland pastures, irrigated hay fields and riparian corridor along 2.25 miles of Gooseberry Creek. With rolling topography, the scenery is spectacular. Centrally located in the Bighorn Basin, the ranch commands breath-taking views of the Absaroka Mountains to the west and the Bighorn Range to the east.
Wildlife are abundant with whitetail, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, mountain lions, pheasants, grouse, and turkeys. For hunters Open Lock Ranch offers a large variety of species on the ranch, and qualifies for Wyoming Game and Fish Landowner tags for deer and Antelope. There are even more big game such as elk, moose, bighorn sheep and bear in nearby Shoshone National Forest.
With its cattle and sheep operation, scenery, wildlife and location the Open Lock Ranch offers a quality of life which is hard to find anywhere else.